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As the world looks to a post-pandemic future, a global COVID-19 vaccine certification program might be the surest way to restore free movement across borders and reboot ailing economies, says University of Alberta researcher and WUN IRG principal investigator, Dr. Andy Knight.  

A planetary health pledge to unite health professionals in the Anthropocene

The inVIVO Planetary Health network, which has its origins in a 2012 WUN Research Development Fund grant, pursues positive change that reflect the link between people and place. In a November 2020 publication in The Lancet, researchers from inVIVO appealed for health professionals to pledge their dedication ‘to the service of humanity, and to the protection of natural systems on which human health depends.’  We asked experts around the Worldwide Universities Network for their perspectives on the pledge and its effort to expand the interpretation of ‘first do no harm’ to reflect human connections to the planet.  Click through for more.

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WUN special program for early career researchers off to successful start with focus on SDGs 4 and 13

WUN recently held the first set networking workshops as part of its special program for early career researcher (ECR) entitled “Developing the next generation of research leaders for sustainable development.”  The first two, of which there will be 17 in total, focused on SDG 13: Climate Action, and SDG 4: Quality Education, respectively.  Click through for a summary and videos of the keynote talks.

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Introducing WUN Hub

WUN Hub is a custom database that serves as a platform for WUN researchers to search and connect with WUN colleagues and/or ongoing WUN research projects.  

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Registration Open for Early Career Researcher Networking Workshops

WUN, in collaboration with UNESCO and UNSDSN, is holding a series of free virtual networking workshops for early career researchers (ECRs) under the theme of ‘developing the next generation of research leaders for sustainable development’. The workshops will bring together early career researchers from all around the world interested in establishing connections to colleagues in their field.

Our first two workshops are now open for registration.  The first will cover SDG 13: Climate Action, with the second focused on SDG 4: Quality Education.  Although these networking workshops are principally for the benefit of WUN early career researchers, a limited number of places will also be available for middle and senior career researchers to further enhance networking opportunities for the ECRs.  Click through to learn more about each sessions, speakers, and to register.

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International Symposium on Digital Health 2020

With health innovation achieving ‘unprecedented’ volume, intensity and variety during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are new opportunities to improve health outcomes, reduce costs, and improve the patient experience. However, with this expansion also comes renewed recognition of the challenges that digital health faces. Read more in this summary of discussions during the 2020 International Symposium on Digital Health.  Click through for perspectives from the Symposium.

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WUN Research Development Fund 2020 Awards Announcement

WUN is pleased to announce the results of the Research Development Fund 2020 round on the theme of Sustainable Recovery.  Now in its 12th year, the WUN Research Development Fund has directly invested over £2.2 million to date in establishing research projects on problems of global significance, and on which member universities, working together, can make distinctive progress.  Click through to discover the slate of RDF 2020 awarded projects and teams.

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Global Africa Group celebrates the launch of their ground-breaking book

WUN’s Global Africa Group has marked the publication of a collective work to critically examine development approaches in Africa. Drawing on workshops held in Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and Australia, the book—entitled Africa and the Sustainable Development Goals—will appeal to researchers and policy makers interested in the African continent and its global connections. Editors Maano Ramutsindela and David Mickler, who were also the inaugural co-chairs of the Global Africa Group, joined with some of the book’s contributors and members of the GAG in November 2020 to discuss the significance of their research and the collaborative model that underpinned it. 

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In homes across the globe: understanding the mental health issues of intimate partner violence

Intimate partner violence is shockingly widespread: the WHO estimates that, as a global average, one in three women have experienced violence from a male partner or former partner. In addition to its direct impacts, intimate partner violence can cause chronic physical and mental health conditions, particularly where abuse is persistent and repeated. These effects can endure well after the violence has ended. To improve the services provided to survivors of intimate partner violence, a new WUN research team is exploring its mental health aspects and what practitioners can do to help.

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Policies for pandemic response: how is evidence shaping action?

Researchers and policy experts from across the globe are collaborating to monitor and analyse the role of evidence in policy-making during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their data cover more than 100 countries, publicly accessible in the INGSA COVID-19 Evidence-to-Policy Tracker. Click through to read more about this WUN-supported initiative.

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Cheap, consistent, clean? Changing the models for sustainable electricity access

In Ghana, the term “dumsor” (literally meaning “off-on”) is a term that was born to describe the periods of electricity blackouts in 2015 when the country experienced persistent and intermittent power outages. Though access to electricity is widespread, communities in different regions confront challenges of reliability, cost, and safety.

Click through to read about how the WUN-funded research group SEN-Africa is working on new models that incorporate the range of stakeholder priorities.  

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